Your canine companion has a lot of options when it comes to their diet, and the right choice depends on dietary needs, health concerns, your lifestyle and other factors. When you’re making this decision, make sure to consider the pros and cons of each diet type.
Dry food, commonly known as kibble, is made up of nutritious food pellets that come in large bins or bags. The biggest advantage to this type of food is the convenience factor. You don’t have to worry about refrigerating it or having it going bad if left out for your dog.
You can easily weigh the portions quickly and without any mess. Dry food is the least expensive of the three types of diets, but it often ends up being the least healthy. A few problems with dry food include filler ingredients that don’t add anything to the overall nutritional value, a large number of carbs and a dehydrating effect. Your dogs need easy access to a lot of water alongside their dry food, since they won’t get any moisture from their food bowls.
It may take dogs more dry food to feel full compared to other food types. If they’re free feeding, this could result in an overweight pet.
Canned food is the most expensive of the three types. Once you open the food, you need to store it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t go bad. Free feeding your dogs may not be possible, since wet food dries out when it’s left alone for too long.
These cans don’t have the convenience factor of dry food, but they make up for that in benefits. The smell, taste and texture of wet food will attract your doggy friend and encourage picky eaters to dive right in. You get more nutrient value in the form of higher protein and natural fats. The carbohydrates are much lower than dry food and typically don’t involve as many additives.
Since they’re canned instead of bagged, they can also sit unopened on the shelf for much longer than dry food. They’re even a great choice for hiding chewable pills in, such as Trifexis for puppies.
A less common diet option for dogs is raw food. As the name indicates, this type involves feeding your dogs raw meat, similar to what they’d eat in the wild. You put the food together from scratch or purchase prepared raw food from a supplier, which makes it more labor intensive than the other two options.
Feeding a dog raw food requires an extensive understanding of the optimal nutrient requirements of your pet, as well as the different types of meat you can use for this purpose. You also need a reliable meat source that handles their products in a hygienic manner.
Since the food isn’t processed, it retains the maximum nutrients available in that food source. You almost eliminate carbohydrates and have the opportunity to know where all of the ingredients come from.
Each diet type has its pros and cons for your dog friend. When you’re making your selection, carefully consider your budget, your ability to spend time preparing the food and how much time you spend at home. You can always mix and match to see which one your doggy loves best.
Lannie, writer for Allivet.
Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.
Thanks Lannie for your guest post.
I hope you have found this useful today in deciding which diet should I choose for my dog.
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